PARENTS at Yuille Park P-8 Community College are fearful of the extra financial strain that would be put on their families with the cut to the Education Maintenance Allowance.
Single mother Cindy Mason has two children attending the school in grades two and three and continuously makes sacrifices for herself to give her children opportunities.
She uses the allowance for swimming lessons, school excursions and camps, books and uniforms.
“My children know what they want to be. Alyssa wants to travel the world and be a pilot. She’s decided she wants to go get a scholarship and go to Ballarat Grammar, and Zoe wants to be a vet,” Ms Mason said.
“I’m very proud of them, but I’m concerned that they won’t be able to achieve their goals because I can’t pay for them to get to where they need to go.”
The allowance ranges from $150 to $300 a year and is paid in two instalments.
School council president Karen Hunter has one child and three grandchildren at the school.
“The allowance goes straight back into the school – whether it be uniforms or excursions – anything my son needs during the year,” Ms Hunter said.
“It’s not just about missing out on school camp, it’s being excluding and opportunities are being ripped away from for our kids.”